I read a piece by conservative columnist John Hawkins in which Hawkins alleges that our civilization deserves to fail. He specifies legitimate acts of negligence by the people of this nation, which have brought us to the eve of destruction.
And while Hawkins may condemn all parties, that being the politicians, media, corporate elite, and citizens, I say, “Let’s be honest. The ultimate culpability for the social, moral, economic, and spiritual collapse of the western culture lies with We the People.”
According to Hawkins, “You play stupid games, you win stupid prizes.” And oh my goodness, we have certainly played the stupid games and are still winning the stupid prizes. But the stupid prizes are becoming perilous as the stupid games have begun to resemble a version of Russian Roulette.
Does our civilization deserve to fail? Perhaps, it doesn’t deserve to fail, but the people are getting what they asked for. Or are we reaping what we have sown?
Our Founders warned us as to the significance of maintaining a vigilant watch over threats to our constitutional law . Most of us are familiar with the narrative that when Benjamin Franklin left Independence Hall following the Constitutional Convention in 1787, a woman asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or monarchy?” And Franklin responded, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.”
Our forefathers recognized that fine line that separated governance by the people and bureaucratic oppression. They understood that liberty could never be taken for granted. They warned us.
Ronald Reagan so eloquently stated, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” We didn’t listen. And now we can’t pass freedom along to our children or future generations.
The bottom line is that we squandered our liberty. We didn’t appreciate the fundamental basics of self determination. As a nation we collectively ignored the menace of encroaching tyranny. We wanted “easy.” We became a pampered national community who desired little more than to tend to our daily tasks and ignore the obvious harbingers of national suicide which rapidly became elephants in the American living room.
Through the years, I have beaten my chest and howled at the moon, figuratively, as I have tried to garner attention for the oppressive monster at the front door. I wrote frequent columns in the Charleston newspaper hoping that if I could just inform enough people, they would become involved in the fight to save the country.
And as I wrote, a conservative friend offered me some friendly advice which was, “My husband and I love your writing, but frankly, people don’t want to hear what you have to say, because it’s depressing.” She continued to say that she thought that if I would just stay away from politics, I would have a bigger audience.
She was right. I have learned that most people don’t want to know about the bad stuff. They want to live in the “normalcy bias” where they have good times and no worries. As I said earlier, they want easy.
Does our civilization deserve to fail, because the people failed to remain vigilant, failed to recognize the threats, took their freedoms for granted, turned their heads when they identified the threats to the republic, ran from their oppressors, and turned their backs on future generations?
Does the reality that millions of Americans finally awoke and took a chance with an outlier such as Donald J. Trump suggest that our civilization doesn’t deserve to fail? Or does the certitude that the general populace waited far too long before they engaged in the fight for the country signify that they are getting their just desserts?
There have been many “watchmen on the wall” during the last 2-3 decades, sounding their horns and begging for the people to rise from their complacent slumber. Do they deserve to suffer assuming that civilization fails?
Without a doubt, there are people in this nation that deserve the ramifications of the policies and repressive ideology that they have shoved down the mutual throat of the national body.
I still have hope that our nation and western civilization will somehow manage to weather the consistent brutality of the established order. But John Hawkins’ conclusion that our civilization does deserve to fail should make everyone pause and reflect on what they have done to make a difference, or as in most cases, what they have not done.
Ronald Reagan, or Ronald the Magnificent as I prefer to call him, so beautifully noted, “Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.”
Sadly, we will have to tell those who came after us that we didn’t keep them free. And the Lord knows we didn’t keep the faith. But just maybe with God willing, we will finish the race. Then and only then can we rightfully say that our civilization doesn’t deserve to fail.